Are you saying I'm racist? An evaluation of work to tackle racist violence in three areas of London

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Oakley, Robin; Isal, Sarah; Woods, Aine
Runnymede Trust
Date of publication
1 November 2011
Minority Groups, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The report published in partnership with the Trust for London finds that racist violence continues to be a serious problem in the UK, particularly amongst young people in London. It argues that a “zero tolerance” approach to racism, such as teachers excluding pupils for such behaviour from school, has failed and can drive the problem underground. Instead, the report argues, a more proactive response that draws out the problem and confronts it with the aim of prevention is needed. The report focuses on three initiatives taking place across London which specialise in preventative approaches to tackling racist violence, based in Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich and Bexley.

The three organisations funded through this initiative have each developed their own approach but a theme shared by them all is the importance of taking time to build trusting relationships with young people so that a more open and honest dialogue can emerge about their own sense of identity. This work has to take account of the many factors which influence their views, which may include poverty, lack of self-esteem or hope. It is only when these attitudes are faced that a more fundamental change in attitude can come about.

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